Honours BA/BSc

The Honours in Psychology program is a 120-credit degree program designed for students who are interested in learning about and applying knowledge accumulated from the discipline of psychology.  Students who graduate from this program will have demonstrated knowledge in a breadth of subdisciplines within Psychology, and will be able to critically evaluate research results, theories, and opinions within this field. Graduates of this program will be able to engage in quantitative reasoning through the interpretation of empirical results. Additionally, graduates will have demonstrated an appreciation of alternative methods used in psychological inquiry and will be able to synthesize potentially conflicting results and communicate these ideas to the general public.  Students can also complete a Double Major or a Major/Minor option.  This program is well suited for students who intend to enter the workforce following graduation and/or who may intend to pursue postgraduate studies in professional and applied related fields of psychology.

Degree Program Requirements

We have recently made program changes.  Your degree program requirements are often based on your year of entry.  If you started your degree program here at York University in 2017, you will need to satisfy the New Degree Requirements.

If you joined our department prior to 2017, you will typically follow the Previous Degree Requirement (as of Fall 2013; Major credits only).  However, if you (a) changed to the Faculty of Health, (b) changed your degree type (e.g., BSc to BA), or (c) entered the Specialized Honours program in 2017 or later, OR, if you anticipate finishing your degree requirements after the Winter 2021 term, you will follow the New Degree Requirements.  Also, if you entered the university prior to 2013, your degree requirements outside of the major may differ.  Please check your Degree Progress Report, the Academic Calendar from your year of entry, and/or consult with OSAS or the Undergraduate Office in the Department of Psychology if you have any questions.

New Honours BA Program Requirements (as of Fall 2017)

Psychology (Honours BA Program): 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: all graduates must complete a total of at least 120 credits with a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 5.00 (C+).

General education: a minimum of 18 credits as follows:

  • six credits at the 1000 level in approved Faculty of Health general education or humanities categories approved by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • six credits at the 1000 level in approved Faculty of Health general education or social science categories approved by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • six credits at the 1000 level in natural science (NATS) offered by the Faculty of Science

Note 1: it is strongly recommended that students complete the general education requirements above within their first 54 credits.

Note 2: students may complete a maximum of 30 credits in general education, any additional credits not being used to fulfill general education may count toward electives.

Note 3: general education requirements are satisfied by taking natural science courses, approved humanities or social science categories courses and Faculty of Health general education courses. For further information please visit http://health.info.yorku.ca/current-student-information/general-education-requirements/.

Major credits: students must complete at least 48 credits in psychology, including at least 12 credits at the 4000 level.

Psychology courses must include:

At least three credits chosen from Group 1 (2100 series):

At least three credits chosen from Group 2 (2200 series):

At least three additional credits chosen from Group 1 (2100 series) or Group 2 (2200 series):

At least nine credits in psychology (PSYC) at the 3000 level.

At least six credits in psychology (PSYC) at the 4000 level.

Note 1: to be eligible to enroll in 3000-level psychology courses, students must have: at least 54 credits, HH/PSYC 1010 6.00 with a minimum grade of C and all additional course prerequisites.

Note 2: to be eligible to enrol in 4000-level psychology courses, students must be enrolled in an Honours program and must have: at least 84 credits, HH/PSYC 1010 6.00 with a minimum grade of C and all additional course prerequisites.

Upper-level credits: a minimum of 36 credits must be taken at the 3000 level or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: a minimum of 18 credits outside the major. Credits outside the major may be used to fulfill upper-level credits.

Honours Double Major BA Program

The Honours BA program described above may be pursued jointly with Honours Double Major bachelor’s degree programs in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering as listed in the Faculty of Health Rules and Regulations section.

Honours Major/Minor BA Program

The Honours BA program described above may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor bachelor’s degree program in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering as listed in the Faculty of Health Rules and Regulations section.

New Honours BSc Program Requirements (as of Fall 2017)

Psychology (Honours BSc Program): 120 Credits

Residency requirement: a minimum of 30 course credits and at least half (50 per cent) of the course credits required in each undergraduate degree program major/minor must be taken at York University.

Graduation requirement: all graduates must complete a total of at least 120 credits with a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 5.00 (C+).

General education requirement: a minimum of 18 credits as follows:

  • six credits at the 1000 level in approved Faculty of Health general education or humanities categories approved by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • six credits at the 1000 level in approved Faculty of Health general education or social science categories approved by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
  • six credits at the 1000 level in approved Faculty of Health general education or humanities or social science categories approved by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Note 1: it is required that students complete the general education requirements above within their first 54 credits.

Note 2: students may complete a maximum of 30 credits in general education, any additional credits not being used to fulfill general education may count toward electives.

Note 3: general education requirements are satisfied by taking approved humanities or social science categories courses and Faculty of Health general education courses. For further information please visit http://health.info.yorku.ca/current-student-information/general-education-requirements/.

Basic science requirement: a minimum of 15 credits as follows:

Note: Psychology students are strongly recommended to take LE/EECS 1570 3.00.

Major credits: students must complete a minimum of 48 credits in psychology.

Psychology courses must include:

At least three credits chosen from Group 1 (2100 series):

At least three credits chosen from Group 2 (2200 series):

At least three additional credits chosen from Group 1 (2100 series) or Group 2 (2200 series):

At least nine credits in psychology (PSYC) at the 3000 level.

At least six credits in psychology (PSYC) at the 4000 level.

Note 1: to be eligible to enroll in 3000-level psychology courses, students must have: at least 54 credits, HH/PSYC 1010 6.00 with a minimum grade of C and all additional course prerequisites.

Note 2: to be eligible to enrol in 4000-level psychology courses, students must be enrolled in an Honours program and must have: at least 84 credits, HH/PSYC 1010 6.00 with a minimum grade of C and all additional course prerequisites

Upper-level credits: a minimum of 42 credits at the 3000 level or 4000 level, including 18 credits at the 3000 or 4000 level in the major with 12 credits at the 4000 level.

Required science credits outside the major: A minimum of nine credits in science disciplines outside the major, of which three credits must be at the 2000-level or above. Required science credits outside the major can be selected from the following:

Electives: additional elective credits for an overall total of at least 120 credits. Elective credits may be used to fulfill science and upper-level credits.

Honours Double Major BSc Programs

The Honours BSc program described above may be pursued jointly with an Honours Major bachelor’s degree in the Faculties of Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science or the Lassonde School of Engineering as listed in the Faculty of Health Rules and Regulations section.

Notes:

  1. students pursuing a double major or major/minor may be required to complete more than 120 credits to satisfy all degree requirements.
  2. The science requirement outside the major is not applicable to the double major or major/minor.

Honours Major/Minor BSc Programs

The Honours BSc program described above may be pursued jointly with an Honours Minor bachelor’s degree program in the Faculties of Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science or the Lassonde School of Engineering as listed in the Faculty of Health Rules and Regulations section.

Notes:​

  1. Students pursuing double major or major/minor may be required to complete more than 120 credits to satisfy all degree requirements.
  2. The science requirement outside the major is not applicable to the double major or major/minor.

Previous Honours BA/BSc Program Requirements (entry 2007-2016; Major credit only)

Psychology (Honours BA/BSc Program): 120 Credits

**Please note: below we outline only your Major (meaning your PSYCHOLOGY) requirements.  The psychology course requirements are identical for both BA and BSc students.   HOWEVER, additional university-wide (e.g., General Education Requirements) and Faculty-Wide degree requirements will differ based on your degree type (i.e., BA or BSc) AND your year of entry.  Please search online for the York University academic calendar for your year of entry for more information about your degree requirements.  Please also consult your Degree Progress Report.  If questions remain, please feel free to book an advising appointment through OSAS and/or the Department of Psychology.**

Major credits: students must complete at least 42 (but not more than 54) credits in psychology, including at least 12 credits at the 4000 level.

Psychology courses must include:

at least three credits chosen from:

at least three credits chosen from:

at least 12 credits in psychology (PSYC) at the 4000 level, including:

at least nine additional credits in psychology (PSYC).

Upper-level credits: a minimum of 36 credits must be taken at the 3000 level or 4000 level, including at least 18 credits at the 4000 level.

Credits outside the major: a minimum of 18 credits outside the major. Credits outside the major may be used to fulfill upper-level credits.

Honours Double Major BA Program

The Honours BA program may be pursued jointly with Honours Double Major bachelor’s degree programs in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering as listed in the Faculty of Health Rules and Regulations section.

Honours Major/Minor BA Program

The Honours BA program may be pursued jointly with any Honours Minor bachelor’s degree program in the Faculties of Environmental Studies, Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, or Science, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, or the Lassonde School of Engineering as listed in the Faculty of Health Rules and Regulations section.

Honours Double Major BSc Programs

The Honours BSc program may be pursued jointly with an Honours Major bachelor’s degree in the Faculties of Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science or the Lassonde School of Engineering as listed in the Faculty of Health Rules and Regulations section.

Notes:

  1. students pursuing a double major or major/minor may be required to complete more than 120 credits to satisfy all degree requirements.
  2. The science requirement outside the major is not applicable to the double major or major/minor.

Honours Major/Minor BSc Programs

The Honours BSc program may be pursued jointly with an Honours Minor bachelor’s degree program in the Faculties of Health, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Science or the Lassonde School of Engineering as listed in the Faculty of Health Rules and Regulations section.

Notes:

  1. Students pursuing double major or major/minor may be required to complete more than 120 credits to satisfy all degree requirements.
  2. The science requirement outside the major is not applicable to the double major or major/minor.

 Conducting an Honours Thesis

Starting in the Fall of 2019, students will need to be in the Specialized Honours program if they wish to complete an individually supervised thesis.  A thesis is a research project that you complete under the direct supervisor of a professor.  The course requirements in the Specialized Honours program provides additional research skills that can be extremely useful when conducting a thesis, and for this reason in the new program students will need to be in the Specialized Honours program in order to complete a thesis.  For the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic year, students can still complete Psychology 4000 - Honours Thesis in Psychology, provided they secure a thesis supervisor.  A few sections of Psychology 4170 - Advanced Research Methods will also be offered to Honours Thesis students until Fall 2019, at which time both Psyc 4000 and Psyc 4170 will be retired.

If you are interested in pursuing an Honours Thesis, you are strongly encouraged to apply to the Specialized Honours Program, and this will be required for students interested in completing a thesis as of Fall 2019.

The information provided below is provided for students considering an Honours Thesis in 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 through the Honours Program.  This page is still under construction and some information might be outdated.  If you have any questions, please contact the Undergraduate Office (BSB 291).

Honours Students

 FAQ

 

1. What is an Honours thesis?

Am I eligible to do an Honours thesis?
Should I do an Honours thesis?

All students should begin by reading the Honours thesis handbook and download the tipsheet on what is the difference between PSYC 4000 & PSYC 4170.

2. Where can I review archived Honours Theses?

To review Honours thesis written by past students visit the Psychology Resource Center in room 162B B.S.B.

3. Are you having trouble getting started or finding articles on your research topic?

Scheduled through the library and taking place in Scott Library (Room 531) in the Fall term are advanced hands-on research workshops that cover topics such as literature searching using major databases such as PsycINFO and Medline, citation searching using Web of Science, finding and using psychological tests, setting up alerts on research topics, and library services such as interlibrary loan.

In order to register for a particular workshop go to library Instructional Workshops

4. Ethics Approval Process: Research by Undergraduate Students.

To  obtain ethics approval all students are required to read and conform to   research ethics and ethics review procedures.

5. Need help with Statistical analysis?

The Statistical Consulting Service ( SCS ) at York University is offering workshops and drop-in statistical consulting exclusively for 4th year students enrolled in PSYC 4000, 4001, 4170 and 4175.

6. Funding opportunities for undergraduate thesis research ?

Funding:

1) The department has a small fund of money for students who spend at
least $50.00 on materials for conducting their thesis research. The student
must have receipts totaling $50 or more. Students must show financial
need i.e., that they have spent more than $50 for thesis materials. The
maximum reimbursed is $50 per person. Please bring your receipts to Ann
Pestano, Assistant to the Chair, Rm. 292 Behavioral Science building.

2). The Richard Goranson Memorial Award: This award is given annually
to a few fourth year Honours students registered in PSYC 4000 6.0 or
PSYC 4001 6.0 Honours Thesis. The purpose of the award is to cover
expenses incurred by students in carrying out their Honours thesis
research. The deadline for submission is usually NOVEMBER 30th of the
year you are conducting your thesis. For further details see the Goranson
award information on next page

7. Require help writing your Honours thesis?

To get help with writing in general see the etutoring or workshops available through the writing department (located at s329 Ross Building).

In addition, there are a number of online resources available to you to help you to write your thesis following APA formatting and style as outlined in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2009). There is succinct information on APA style punctuation, information about the main sections of a manuscript, an APA Style and formatting guide updated with 6th edition APA manual information at the OWL website which describes general APA writing guidelines and where if you look under Research and Citation you can find the most up to date way for citing your sources.

The information from the APA manual has been summarized in a writing handout based on the 6th edition APA manual that also describes some useful information for writing your thesis.

Given that the manual is over 400 pages in length, there is a lot of information not covered in the aforementioned resources. Therefore, the ultimate authority is the APA pubication manual. In order to truly understand and learn the APA style of writing you should look at and perhaps even purchase a copy of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association because it will be a good reference book for graduate school. There are about 7 copies of the 6th edition of the manual available in the libraries on campus, some of which have been placed on reserve.

Note that if your thesis is outstanding you should consider submitting it to the Yale Review of Undergraduate Research in Psychology.

This is an annual journal that showcases the best and most original research in psychology conducted by undergraduates from around the world. They provide a platform for undergraduate scientists to share their findings, and aim to bring together a community of young psychologists from both the United States and abroad. Published undergraduate theses are now available for your perusal - one of which is from our 2008/9 thesis student cohort (see the one authored by S. Luca). Deadline for submissions are usually around mid April. See their website for details about submission guidelines.

Visit workshops site for additional information.

8. How to create a poster ?

9. Advance library research workshops 2012 intended for students completing their Honours thesis.

Advanced Psychology Research Workshop for PSYC 4000/4001/4170 Students

  • Are you looking to improve the quality of your research papers?
  • Would you like to impress your professor with a solid literature review?
  • Would identifying relevant and available psychological tests take your research up a notch?
  • Does doing all the above more efficiently and with less frustration sound appealing?

The Advanced Psychology Research Workshop has been developed for students enrolled in PSYC 4000/4001/4170. The workshop will cover:

  • Advanced search techniques for major databases such as PsycInfo and Medline
  • Major reference sources for psychology
  • Citation searching using Web of Science and other tools
  • Identifying and locating psychological tests
  • Organizing your research materials with bibliographic management tools, such as RefWorks and Zotero

It will be hands-on in a computer lab and you are encouraged to ask questions. Ideally, you will come prepared with a research topic for the purposes of hands-on practice during the class, but don’t hesitate to sign up for a session even if you only have some initial thoughts about the directions that your research may take you.

Each workshop covers identical content (so only sign up for one) and is held in Scott Library.

How to Sign Up:

You can sign up on a first-come basis using this online booking form at the following address: http://bit.ly/Pbk64a

Questions? Please contact Adam Taves, Psychology Librarian, taves@yorku.ca.


 Psychology department poster day event & Richard Goranson Memorial Psychology Honours Thesis Poster Award.

Poster day was held  2017 at Vari Hall Rotunda, 2017 poster day event pictures.  Although there were many outstanding posters, the judges were able to select two for the  Richard Goranson Memorial Psychology Honours Thesis Poster Award. They are:

Photo of Said Talani, Investigating the Facilitative Effects of Familiarity on Working Memory Performance, supervised by Gary Turner and Calvin Leung, Sexual Orientation and Auditory Influence on Face Gender Discrimination, supervised by Jennifer Steeves

Left to Right Dr J.Goldberg Psychology department Chair, Said Talani,Calvin Leung and Dr. J. Rich Poster day 2017 event coordinator.

1 : Calvin Leung, Sexual Orientation and Auditory Influence on Face Gender Discrimination, supervised by Jennifer Steeves

2: Said Talani, Investigating the Facilitative Effects of Familiarity on Working Memory Performance, supervised by Gary Turner